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How do you battle the accumulation of kid clutter in your home?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 11:53am

How do you handle all of your kid's toys and trinkets? My children tend to be on the pack rat end of the spectrum. They love their stuff. When asked if we can get rid of something, they immediately protest. They will cite the importance of that particular piece of plastic based on its connection to their preschool teacher, for example.

So I have a dilemma. As more stuff comes into our home, other stuff must move out. Do I make the kids decide what to pass on to others or do I decide while they are not home?

When kids yearn for more independence than moms are ready to give

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 6:59pm

Independence... that wonderful, terrible state that kids grow into. Hopefully. But knowing the right combination of caution and freedom to extend in relation to our kids is a big parenting challenge. There is no clear standard, and everyone has different tolerance levels for giving their kids freedom. What is wise to one might appear smothering to another, just as what is reasonable to one might seem careless to another. A lot depends on the child in question.

Sharing our not-so-picture-perfect family photos

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:30am

You've probably seen them – or even posted them - on Facebook or other places: the perfect family photos of beautiful, happy people. It's not so much how they are dressed or what they are doing as it is the feeling they give off. It's that “life is good, we're so happy” vibe. And we're so happy for them, and we “like” their pictures every time.

Why do kids get up early on days when mom could sleep in?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:49pm

It's Spring Break for my kids this week, and you know what that means. The kids will be getting up early in the mornings.

Why is it that the same children who must be coerced and persuaded and threatened to get up at 7:30 on a school day can so easily pop out of bed, often before 7:00, on days off from school?

Getting ready for summer: considering summer camps

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:12pm

Though it may feel like winter out there this week, it is time to start planning for summer... camps, vacation, activities, etc. Summer will be upon us before we know it!

Mom's choice for preschooler's shoes... anything but shoelaces, please

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 8:43am

Here's a free tip: don't buy shoes that tie until your child is ready to learn to tie them. Sure, they look cute on the 3-year-old, but by the time you have tied his shoelaces for the tenth time that day – and it's not even dinner time – you will know what I'm talking about.

My 3-year-old has a cute pair of sneakers that tie. They were his brother's shoes when he was that age, but his brother preferred the Velcro shoes he could quickly put on by himself. My youngest child, however, loves these shoes with their big kid laces.

What goes on inside their heads?

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 11:23am

Do you ever find yourself marveling at the workings of your child's mind? I have three kids, and I still get surprised by some of the things they come up with. It can range from the good “Wow, what a neat idea!” to the intermediate “Isn't that interesting?” to the puzzled “Where in the world did that come from?” to the less-than-pleased “What were you thinking?”

I think kids like to keep us adults on our toes. Just when we think we've got them figured out, they throw us a curve ball.

The pros and cons of finding a great babysitter

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 9:49am

It had been a long, long time since my husband and I had hired a babysitter. We usually manage to swap sitting services with other parents or leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa when we need to go out on our own. We didn't even know anyone else we could ask to watch the kids for us.

Striving for consistency to fix stubborn discipline issues... consistently

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 10:41am

The theme of consistency comes up over and over in various parenting and discipline methods... rather consistently, in fact. So I ask myself, “Am I consistent in disciplining my kids?”

I feel like I'm consistent because I am consistently dealing with the same issue, such as my 3-year-old not wanting to get dressed in the morning. He hates to get dressed for some reason. The mere mention of getting dressed brings on a meltdown. Every day.

The little lawyers among us (trying to get their way)

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 11:07am

As a mother of three, I've recently concluded that children are natural-born lawyers. Skilled in the art of argument and trying to get their way, although often lacking in the finer art of logic, kids will remember what you've said (when it's to their advantage) and what you've done, and seek out the loopholes as needed.

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